OB Teambuilding

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A planned intervention meant to build self-awareness and camaraderie among team members with the help of a trained facilitator.

– teambuilding encourages team members to examine how they work together, identify their weaknesses and develop more effective ways of coping

Challenges with Teams
teams are not always necessary

process loss
– resources spent towards team development and maintenance rather than the task
– more apparent when members are added/replaced

social loafing

When is Teambuilding needed?
Signals to look out for:
– interpersonal conflict among team
– interpersonal conflict between team and leader
– low team morale
– low team cohesiveness
– confusion or disagreement about roles within the team
– large influx of new members
– diagreement over team’s purpose and tasks
– negative climate within the team, evidenced by criticism and bickering
– stagnation within the team (members resisting change & new ideas)
Process of Teambuilding
1. Identification of a problem
2. collection of relevant data
3. data feedback and confrontation
4. problem-solving experience
5. on the job application and follow up
Specific Teambuilding Issues #1 & #2
problem 1: team members unaware of team’s purpose
problem 2: team members disagree about team’s purpose
– teambuilding focus: to clarify purpose, goals and priorities of the team
problem #3
team is confused about its fit within the larger organisation

– teambuilding focus: nature of the organisation’s culture, its strategic directions

problem #4
Team members are confused about work relationships between people and tasks

– teambuilding focus: define and clarify job functions and work flows. Revisit authority relationship.

problem #5
workplace is dominated by interpersonal conflict

– teambuilding focus : explore issues of respect and trust, promote listening skills and enhance understanding of interpersonal styles

Characteristics of Good Teambuilding programme
– clear objectives
– commitment from team members
– inclusiveness
– ability to identify strengths and weaknesses
facilitation skills required by teambuilders
1. consultation skills
2. interpersonal skills
3. research skills
4. presentation skills
5. process consultation
6. feedback
1. consultation skills
– diagnosing issues
– conducting negotiations
– designing programs for change
2. Interpersonal skills
– trust building
– coaching
– listening
3. Research skills
– planning and conducting a study
– evaluation of results
4. presentation skills
– public speaking
– report presentation
5. process consultation
– a set of activities that help others focus on what is currently happening around them
– “holds a mirror” to help team members see themselves in action
– to observe, question and confront through use of facilitating behaviour.
facilitating behaviours (tested before)
– observing team meetings
– probing and questioning
– confronting individuals if necessary
– encouraging open communications
– stimulating problem solving
– preventing disruptive behaviours
– attending to nonverbal cues
– ensuring wide contributions
– encouraging learning
desired effects on team members ( of teambuilders facilitating behaviour )
– examine roles
– identify problems
– examine behaviour consequences
– react constructively to events
– explore new alternatives
– thinks and act independently
– develop cohesiveness
6. Feedback
the feedback from teambuilding activities enable team members to better understand how they are seen by others and to take self-correcting actions
Benefits of teambuilding for employees
1. opportunity to learn about and understand one another better
2. camaraderie generated during fun teambuilding games and activities
3. improved understanding and goodwill enable colleagues to work better together
4. participants are able to acquire the 7 qualities of effective team members.
7 qualities of effective team members
1. open-mindedness
2. emotional stability
3. accountability
4. problem-solving strategies
5. communication skills
6. conflict resolution skills
7. trust.
Benefits of successful teambuilding
1. greater understanding among employees working together
2. allows better cooperation among employees
3. better cooperation among employees means better teamwork and hence higher team productivity.
4. higher productivity for teams translates to better performance for the entire organisation
5. less conflicts and stress for workers from misunderstandings and poor cooperation
Categories: Team Building